Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Thu, 18 Jul 2019 17:27:37 +0000 en hourly 1 Minister of Defense Visits the Moldovan Soldiers Who Participate in “Agile Hunter 2019” in the USA Thu, 18 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 18, 2019 — Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu paid a working visit to the United States of America during July 15-18, 2019. The official was accompanied by US Ambassador in the Republic of Moldova, Dereck J. Hogan.

While in the USA, Minister Voicu attended the Distinguished Visitors’ Day organized within the “Agile Hunter 2019” exercise, to which over 100 National Army service members are deployed.

Pavel Voicu, together with American military and civilian officials, observed how the participating contingents carried out the missions included in the exercise’s scenario.

The Minister of Defense appreciated the performance of the Moldovan officers and NCOs and mentioned the importance of their training in the framework of the defense institution’s professionalization and the National Army’s capabilities building.

During the meetings with Commander of National Training Center and Fort Irwin, Gen. Jeff Broadwater, and Commander of the “Blackhorse Regiment”, Fort Irwin, Col. Scott C. Woodward, Pavel Voicu specified that the Republic of Moldova has committed itself to contributing to global security and this objective can be achieved only by having professional soldiers who are trained in an international environment.

The Minister of Defense thanked the American officials for the training opportunities for the Moldovan soldiers within “Agile Hunter” and within other joint activities aiming at modernizing the National Army.

The exercise “Agile Hunter 2019” is taking place at Fort Irwin National Training Center in California, during June 28 — July 19, 2019.

The exercise’s objective is to increase the level of interoperability between the subunits of the National Army and North Carolina National Guard, to build defense capacities, and to train the Moldovan soldiers for peacekeeping missions.

The participation of the Moldovan service members in the training in the USA is included in the Plan of foreign activity of the Ministry of Defense and the National Army for 2019.

“Agile Hunter” is organized through the Partnership Program with North Carolina National Guard and is conducted for the fourth year in a row. The first two editions took place in the Republic of Moldova, while, last year, it was organized at Fort Bliss, Texas, during August 10-28.

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Contingent KFOR-11 Conducts Missions Specific to Its Mandate in Kosovo Wed, 17 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 17, 2019 — The National Army service members deployed to the peacekeeping operation KFOR have started their missions in the area of responsibility.

According to the Moldovan contingent’s Commander, LTC Radu Popa, for more that a month of being in Kosovo, the peacekeepers have participated in patrol missions in the operations area, actions of evacuation of the wounded via helicopter, and trainings on crowd control and fire phobia. They have been trained by their colleagues from the Italian Army.

LTC Radu Popa specified that, at the same time, the contingent’s engineer team is learning from the Austrian soldiers techniques of land research in order to find ammunition dating back to the war period.

The eleventh National Army contingent left for Kosovo at the beginning of June, 2019 and will remain there for six months. It consists of 41 soldiers out of whom one staff officer, seven engineers and a platoon of 33 service members.

The contingent is part of the Multinational Battle Group — West (MNBG-W) and is stationed at “Camp Villaggio Italia” multinational base from Pech village.

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National Army Soldiers Participate in Exercise “Platinum Lion 2019” Tue, 16 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 16, 2019 — A National Army contingent is participating in the multinational exercise “Platinum Lion 2019” that takes place at Novo Selo Training Base from Bulgaria, within July 8-19, 2019.

According to the Moldovan contingent’s commander, Maj. Igor Levitchi, this year, the National Army has deployed 50 officers and sergeants to the exercise. They will train together with military from Albania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania, Serbia, and the United States of America.

Maj. Levitchi mentioned that this is a battalion level exercise and has the objective to train the participants for peacekeeping and counterinsurgency missions, to increase partner troops’ interoperability, and to strengthen relations within a joint training environment.

The National Army has been participating in this exercise since 2016. The activity is part of the Foreign Activity Plan of the Ministry of Defense and National Army for 2019.

The participation of the Republic of Moldova in international exercises is an important element of the National Army’s training system that contributes to maintaining the soldiers’ high-level of professional training and subunits’ combat readiness, while, at the same time, ensuring the staff’s training for participation in peacekeeping missions in the security zone in the Transnistrian region, Kosovo operation, UN-, EU-, and OSCE-led missions.

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Two Military Contingents Return from International Exercises in Ukraine and Germany Sat, 13 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 13, 2019 — Two National Army contingents which participated in the multinational exercises “Sea Breeze 2019” in Ukraine and “KFOR 26 Mission Rehearsal” that took place at the training area from Hohenfels, Germany, returned home.

The service members were greeted by National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan, who appreciated the troops’ performance during the trainings, alongside military of other participating countries.

The National Army Commander expressed the conviction that the experience obtained in Ukraine and Germany is vast and useful and encouraged the soldiers to share the gathered knowledge with their colleagues from the National Army units.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State Pays Visit to the Ministry of Defense Fri, 12 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 12, 2019 — Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu received the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State, George Kent, at the defense institution’s HQ, on July 11, 2019. The meeting was also attended by U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, Dereck J. Hogan, and National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan.

The officials talked about the priorities of the new leadership of the Ministry of Defense and General Staff, the defense sector’s reformation, and the Moldovan-American military cooperation.

In this regard, the Moldovan officials informed the American diplomat that the defense institution will focus on the implementation of projects aimed at modernizing the National Army, mainly the “Professional Army” Program, the defense capabilities building, and increased participation in international stabilization and peacekeeping missions.

During the meeting, Minister Voicu stated that the defense institution’s new leadership will be able to achieve the established objectives only with the support of foreign partners and expressed the hope that the USA will continue to assist Moldova in fulfilling its commitments — a complex reform of the entire defense system.

The Deputy Assistant Secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the U.S. Department of State appreciated our country’s contribution to global security by participating in the Iraq post-conflict relief operation and the KFOR operation in Kosovo.

Moreover, George Kent said that the USA will continue to support the National Army’s modernization through assistance projects and programs.

The officials also talked about the regional situation and the settlement of the Transnistrian conflict by peaceful means.

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National Army Soldiers Train at “Sea Breeze 2019” Thu, 11 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova Odessa, July 11, 2019 — The National Army soldiers participating in “Sea Breeze 2019” are conducting trainings within the exercise’s active stage which started on Monday, July 8, in Odessa and Mykolayiv area.

According to Moldovan contingent’s Commander, Maj. Ion Cotofana, during July 8-11, the Moldovan officers and NCOs are training as part of a multinational infantry company alongside military from Ukraine and Georgia.

Maj. Cotofana mentioned that the service members are carrying out standard operation procedures at the checkpoint, cordon and search actions, as well as shooting drills using National Army’s and Ukrainian Army’s infantry weapons.

Moreover, according to exercise’s scenario, the Moldovan peacekeepers, together with Georgian and Ukrainian soldiers, are conducting actions of boarding and disembarking from the Ukrainian ship Yuri Olefirenko, using their military vehicles.

The source added that, previously, while stationed at Chebanka training area, the 49 service members of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion have been involved in landing actions by rappelling method from the Ukrainian MI-8 helicopter.

This year, the National Army participates in “Sea Breeze 2019” with 54 service members of the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion and the General Staff and 11 HMMWVs.

The multinational exercise “Sea Breeze 2019” takes place during July 1-12, 2019, in Ukraine and brings together soldiers from 19 countries.

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Minister of Defense Inspects the Military Compound 142 Wed, 10 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 10, 2019 — Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu, together with National Army Commander, Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan, paid an unannounced visit to the military compound 142 from Chisinau, in order to check the units’ activity, the training process, and the infrastructure’s and military vehicles’ conditions.

Pavel Voicu inspected the 22nd Peacekeeping Battalion, the Special Forces Battalion, the Guard Battalion, and the Military Topographic Base and talked with unit commanders about the problems they are facing during everyday activities.

The Minister of Defense also familiarized with the military compound’s infrastructure — the medical office, canteen, bathrooms, barracks, training rooms, and vehicles and weapons depots.

At the end of the visit, Pavel Voicu assessed the conditions in various areas as unsatisfactory — old military vehicles, buildings in need of repair, broken furniture. Moreover, the soldiers are not trained according to the requirements.

“I am deeply disappointed by what I have discovered in the military compound — the barracks and bathrooms are in deplorable conditions, with furniture that is either broken or totally missing; there is squalor in the basements; the units’ green areas are unkept; the military vehicles are worn out and inadequately kept; the depots are full of objects that should have been thrown in the garbage bin a long time ago. I can add that the staff’s training did not impress me as well — some soldiers are not trained according to the requirements and do not know how to report to a superior,” said the official.

Finally, Minister Voicu ordered the urgent establishment of a committee which will assess all the deficiencies and will draw up a plan for their correction.

All the military units will be inspected by the leadership of the Ministry of Defense and the National Army and the conclusions and correction measures will be presented to the Government.

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Sweden Has a New Military Attaché in the Republic of Moldova Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 9, 2019 — General State Secretary, Radu Burduja, met today with the new military attaché of the Kingdom of Sweden appointed to the Republic of Moldova, Commander Björn Vilbern, at the Ministry of Defense HQ.

Radu Burduja congratulated Commander Vilbern on his appointment and wished him success during his mandate.

During the meeting, the General State Secretary mentioned how important is the bilateral military cooperation for the defense institution and appreciated the support offered by Sweden for the achievement of international commitments and implementation of projects and programs aimed at reforming the defense sector.

In this regard, the officials talked about the implementation in our country of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 “Women, Peace, and Security” and the Program on Small Arms and Light Weapons (SALW).

Radu Burduja also thanked the former military attaché, LTC Peter Liden, who attended the activity, for his contribution to the development and advancement of the Moldovan-Swedish defense partnership and wished him success in his military career.

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Moldovan-Italian Meeting Organized at Ministry of Defense Tue, 09 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 9, 2019 — The aspects of the defense cooperation on bilateral level and within international organizations, as well as the opportunities for strengthening the Moldovan-Italian partnership have been discussed today by Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu and Ambassador of Italy to the Republic of Moldova, Valeria Biagiotti.

During the meeting, the Minister of Defense mentioned that the defense sector’s reformation, the projects started and implemented with the partners’ support aiming at achieving the strategic objectives represent the priorities of his mandate.

In this regard, Pavel Voicu thanked the Italian Government for the donation of medical equipment and military vehicles, for training service members and public servants in Italian educational institutions, and for Italy’s financial contribution within the NATO/PfP project on the disposal of pesticides in the Republic of Moldova.

The Minister of Defense also appreciated the Italian Army’s support for the 11 National Army contingents deployed to KFOR operation in Kosovo.

Valeria Biagiotti appreciated the performance of the Moldovan peacekeepers who are part of the Multinational Battle Group — West (MNBG-W), stationed at “Camp Villaggio Italia” in Pech.

Ambassador Biagiotti added that Italy will continue to support the National Army’s reformation process and the expansion of our country’s participation in stabilization and peacekeeping missions.

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The New National Army Commander Presented to the Commanding Corps Mon, 08 Jul 2019 00:00:00 +0000 Ministry of Defense of Republic of Moldova CHISINAU, July 8, 2019 — The ceremony of investiture of the new National Army Commander was held today at the Ministry of Defense. The event was attended by the President of the Republic of Moldova, Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, Igor Dodon.

The President of the country congratulated Gen. Gorgan on his appointment and expressed his conviction that the leadership of the General Staff and of the Ministry of Defense will cooperate efficiently.

Minister of Defense Pavel Voicu mentioned that the defense institution’s reformation can only be achieved through commitment, professionalism and the joint effort of the entire military and civilian staff. Minister Voicu added that Gen. Gorgan has the necessary knowledge and experience to guide his subordinates in achieving this strategic objective and, by appointing him as commander, the National Army will be able to fulfill its mission.

Gen. Gorgan stated that it is an honor for him to be appointed as National Army Commander and that he will contribute with responsibility to the building of the country’s defense capabilities.

Brig. Gen. Igor Gorgan has held the position of National Army Commander during 2013-2016 as well. He studied at the Combined Arms Higher Military School from Novosibirsk, Russian Federation and graduated from the United States Army Command and General Staff College from Kansas, USA.

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